Loving Japan

We had the privilege to visit Japan twice when our son was teaching English as a second language. On the first trip he took us on a tour, by train to many of the tourist sites Japan is famous for. It is a beautiful country, with diverse scenery , elements of old and the new and an interesting culture. 

Today I feature three paintings that were inspired by that trip. 

A Peaceful Place in Hiroshima.

Shukkei-en, meaning 'shrink-scenery garden' is a quiet peaceful garden found in the middle of the city of Hiroshima. Originally  built in the 1600's the garden is filled with exquisitely beautiful trees, flowers, little lakes, islets, tea houses and bridges. 

We arrived early in the morning and got to enjoy the serenity and tranquility that only nature can provide.  

A Peaceful Place in Hiroshima Acrylic on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim ©2010

A Peaceful Place in Hiroshima Acrylic on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim ©2010

Torii Japan

For this painting, I decided to make my own stamp using a Japanese motif for the background . I dipped it in different colours of paint to get the effect. Where this torii is located in Japan is a very sacred place; Miyajima, located off the coast of Hiroshima. There are actually waist high deer here who are constantly looking for food. Preferably yours.

Torii Japan Acrylic on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim ©2010

Torii Japan Acrylic on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim ©2010

Ribbons of Origami

Inspiration for this mixed media piece was by  paintings that I saw in a gallery in Vancouver by a Japanese artist. I used origami paper to collage a pleasing composition. Some of the paper was adhered to the surface 3 dimensionally for added texture. The background was painted with acrylic and some of it was brushed into the origami paper.

Ribbons of Origami Mixed Media on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim©2010

Ribbons of Origami Mixed Media on Canvas by J. Gazo-McKim©2010